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USA Bulletin: Victims' Rights

NCJ Number
United States Attorneys' USA Bulletin Volume: 47 Issue: 1 Dated: January 1999
Date Published
January 1999
96 pages

These 18 articles examine policy and practice issues related to victims' rights and witness assistance, with emphasis on the role of prosecutors.


Individual articles focus on what prosecutors need to know about victims' rights, the Attorney General guidelines for victim and witness assistance, and the roles and responsibilities of victim-witness coordinators. Additional articles focus on the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act that took effect in April 1996, the Emergency Witness Assistance Program, the Crime Victims Fund, and the Drug Victim Initiative to empower communities to address drugs. Further papers focus on assistance to victims of financial crimes, bank robberies, and domestic violence and work with traumatized victims. Further papers focus on the enforcement of the Federal domestic violence laws, expert testimony in domestic violence prosecutions, and name changes and related options for victims of domestic violence. Other papers discuss work-related stress in a United States Attorney's office, a cooperative response to juvenile sex offenders in tribal communities, and the Bureau of Prisons' victim-witness notification program. Footnotes, reference lists, table, photographs, appended resource lists, and information about the United States Attorneys' Offices and Executive Office for United States Attorneys

Date Published: January 1, 1999